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The term hair transplant relates to a surgical procedure that uses sophisticated techniques to remove hairs from one area of the scalp and replace them in locations where clients are suffering thinning hair or baldness.

About hair transplants

The hair transplant procedure is ideal for men or women with pattern baldness conditions as a result of androgenetic alopecia or to treat scars due to burns or injuries.

Hair transplants are unsuitable for hair loss caused by alopecia aerate.

Deciding to have a hair transplant

Deciding to go for a hair transplant is not easy, and you should consider all the options beforehand. This is particularly the case for anybody who has had pattern baldness for some time. After all, a hair transplant will be a permanent alteration to your looks.

Of course, experiencing hair loss can be a traumatic experience for many men and women. So, opting for cosmetic procedures is one way to make a lifelong adjustment to your appearance. It can have very positive effects on some people and lead to renewed vigor and happiness.

Costs of hair transplants

Hair transplants do vary in cost tremendously, the NHS website states that a procedure can cost from £1,000 to £30,000 and these costs are reflective of the total area needing to be transplanted, as well as the surgical teams and clinics offering services of this nature.

What is the best solution?

If you decide to go for a hair transplant in the UK, you can check out the clinics offering this type of service on the website of the Quality Care Commission. They inspect these clinics and hospitals on a regular basis and offer performance ratings to enable patients to choose the best hair transplant clinic to suit their requirements.

You can also find out more about different surgeons online and discover how much experience they have in offering the hair transplant solutions you’re seeking and the numbers of operations they have conducted.

Many people opt for hair transplants overseas and Turkey is a very popular medical tourism destination for cosmetic procedures of this nature. If you decide to arrange your hair transplant in Turkey, you should check out the vera clinic   and also find out just what services  you will receive.

What does hair transplant entail?

You usually only require local anesthetic for hair transplants, so you will be awake throughout the entire procedure. You can expect procedures to take between six and 12 hours in total.

The two main procedures for hair transplant are FUT and FUE:

– FUT (follicular unit transplantation) involves the removal of a strip of skin with hairs from the sides or back of your head. These strips are then cut into hair grafts which have about two hairs. The grafts are inserted into bald or thinning patches of your scalp by way of small incisions.

– FUE (follicular unit extraction) is a technique which removes individual hairs from your scalp and these are then transplanted into incisions in the bald areas of the scalp.

You don’t generally need an overnight stay in a hospital or clinic following a hair transplant procedure; however, you should be offered aftercare services by your provider.

Where very large areas of the scalp are being transplanted, you may need further sessions a few months down the line.

There is no real pain involved in hair transplants once the local anesthetic has taken effect, although some patients complain of some discomfort. Additional pain relief can be supplied at the time if needed.

Recovering from hair transplant procedures

You should not drive straight after a hair transplant procedure, as the anesthetics or sedatives may take up to 24 hours to leave the body.

It’s usual to take some time off work, but most people don’t take more than three days at the most.

It takes around 14 days for the hair graft transplants to secure into the scalp fully, so you should be careful in the initial couple of weeks. After this, just follow your normal hair and skin care routines, although high-level exercising within the first month of transplants can increase risks of scarring.

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Almost everyone agrees that physical well being should be a top priority no matter what. That isn’t surprising. The controversy often begins only when financing medical intervention is necessary. Most of us are already at a major disadvantage because America has an exceedingly pricey healthcare system. Sarah Kliff and Soo Oh at Vox publicized as much last year. They visualized several cost comparisons between the US and other developed nations. The data is sobering. With the exception of colonoscopies and CT scans, Americans paid more, on average, for standard procedures than did any of their counterparts elsewhere.

The authoring duo clearly emphasized how our domestic policies are in large part to blame. “Most other countries have some central body that negotiates prices with hospitals and drug manufacturers,” they explained. “The US doesn’t have that type of agency.” We instead rely on fragmented insurance companies to negotiate prices independently with hospitals, doctors, and the pharmaceutical industry. It should stand to reason that those players and institutions are working in our best interests yet the evidence suggests otherwise.

Journalists aren’t the only ones revealing a dire need for policy reform. Institutions world renowned for breakthrough research have gotten involved, too. For instance, Karen Feldscher at The Harvard Gazette promoted a joint study conducted by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Economics. According to the researchers, “the study confirmed that the US has substantially higher spending, worse population health outcomes, and worse access to care than other wealthy countries.” They identified the main culprits as excessive administrative costs, absurd average salaries, and the per capita spending on pharmaceutical drugs.

Don’t forget that the GOP remains hellbent on dismantling as much of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) as possible. It’s hard to fathom how or why any politician could justify an initiative that denies people access to affordable healthcare while simultaneously letting insurers apply questionable discretion over coverage. Some states are fortunately fighting back while their counterparts elsewhere play right along. That means adequate healthcare coverage is now often dependent on where we live.

Nisarg Patel at Slate openly despaired over that exact phenomenon last summer. “As blue states are building their own path towards universal coverage,” wrote Nisarg. “Red states have remained on course with the Trump administration, imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients and deregulated insurance markets.” Countless Americans have, as a result, now found themselves dangerously underinsured or tragically uninsured. Either way, there is still almost no escaping the medical industrial complex. Successfully navigating the healthcare system is itself a cumbersome undertaking despite the urgency required for numerous medical conditions and/or disorders.

The elderly are regularly the victim of our complicated healthcare system. Many sometimes struggle with cognitive functions essential to the due diligence and decision-making process. Add into the mix the fact that things like Medicare Annual Enrollment and Medicaid reimbursements are frequently time-sensitive. Access to reliable public resources has certainly never been better, but utilizing them inherently presupposes sufficient health literacy and cognitive function–neither of which is guaranteed.

The above dilemma hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially when it comes to the first factor. Scholars at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Center on Society and Health declared education necessary for improving healthcare outcomes. According to them, “healthcare has a bigger impact for people with limited education than for those with more education.” Most of us focus exclusively on medical interventions when the data indicates that they only account for about 20% of outcomes. Contrast that with higher education, which has a disproportionate influence on long-term health outcomes plus a wide array of other benefits.

Suffice it to say that preserving our health and well being isn’t as easy as it ought to be. Overcoming obstacles is the reality for many Americans regardless of lifestyle. Defying the status quo is the only way to ensure the future is different.

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There are plenty of reasons why people are switching from traditional cigarettes to electronic smoking devices. There’s no ash, no tar, and based on scientific research, they’re less harmful to your health, too. The e-devices and the flavorful juices taste and smell wonderful, and smokers get to choose their preferred level of nicotine. That’s something that’s hard to do with a cigarette.

Did you know the American Cancer Society, a worldwide renowned expert on the negative health consequences of smoking, has deemed e-cigarettes less harmful than their original combustible counterparts? Today’s top health organizations are exploring how these popular alternatives affect people’s health, as well as how vaporization works in these devices and the science behind what’s going on inside your e-cigarette.

If you’re like any new hobbyist, or you simply want to learn more about this booming trend, you probably have many questions. To help lead you through all the hype, we’ve developed a helpful infographic that delves deep into the science behind vaping. You’ll learn about vaporization, ingredients, and so much more.

What Is Vaporization?

If you’ve been in the vape scene for any time at all, you’ve heard the buzz about vaporization. What is it, and what does it have to do with your overall electronic smoking experience? Learn how it’s your vape pen’s job to change liquid into steam rapidly.

What Are the Different Components of an E-Device?

Your inquiring mind wants to know more than just the science behind vaporization. If you enjoy tinkering, then you’ll enjoy figuring out how to take your device apart. Our guide goes over the basic parts that make up your pen and what each piece does in the process. Maybe one day, you’ll be building and replacing your own coils.

The Atomizer

The atomizer is where the magic really happens. Learn how the wick and the e-liquid work together to deliver delicious flavor and the voluminous clouds most vapers are after. Just like the name implies, this handy piece of equipment turns your favorite vape juice into a fine mist. You’ll learn what happens next when you browse our enlightening guide.

What’s in Vape Juice?

Our infographic will shine a light on the various ingredients in your favorite vape juice and the role each plays in delivering the best vaping experience. This illuminating visual breaks down the difference between vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol and why their concentration matters to the average vaper.

Temperature Troubles

Let’s not stop there. There is a ton more science to unearth, such as temperature. What temperature works the best with which ingredients? Learn how to avoid burning wicks, and uncover where vape juice gets converted to liquid.

Determine Ratios and Ohms

For those hardcore hobbyists that really want to dig into the science of vaping, learn about ohms and how resistance makes a difference inside your vape pen. You’ll find out which blends lead to which results, and so much more.

Take a look at our infographic now. You want information, and we’ve got it.

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According to World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (1)

Keeping the balance

The old Latin phrase “mens sana in corpore sano” (“a healthy mind in a healthy body”) emphasizes the importance of the physical exercise in keeping the mental well-being. There are studies that show how a healthy eating habit and regular exercise can help to maintain the balance of mental and physical health.

Regular and healthy meals, proper exercises, getting enough sleep, finding a vocation, and a fulfilling relationship, seeing a movie, listening to the music, reading a book, hanging out with friends, taking a trip, getting a massage, or getting a hug, stroking a pet, having a hobby remain the basic methods to cope with stress, but sometimes is not enough, or may seem hard to achieve.

In our world full with stressors of all kinds, school or work responsibilities, unemployment, financial problems, family duties, family troubles, divorce, the search for a partner, the break-ups, losing a loved one, or a physical illness can prevent us from doing regular exercises, due to lack of time, lack of motivation, lack of physical strength.

Signs you may need to talk to a physician or a therapist

If you often find yourself not feeling in the mood to get out, or you don’t want to be part of social activities, if your mood swings are frequent, and the feelings of sadness, fear, worry are persistent, if you experience memory loss and confusion, delusions, or hallucinations, these might be signs of a mental condition. Other symptoms may include: eating or sleeping disorders, a decrease of school or work performances, inability to cope with daily activities, substance abuse, unexplained physical ailments, defiance of authority, truancy, theft, or vandalism. (2)

Mental health therapists

The first step is to see your general practitioner, he or she might give you a referral to a mental health therapist: a psychologist, a clinical counselor, a psychoanalyst, or a psychiatrist.

The psychiatrists diagnose and treat condition like schizophrenia, dementia, depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder. They prescribe medication, but do not offer counseling, generally they work with a psychologist or a counselor.

The psychologists diagnose and treat conditions like relationship problems, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, learning difficulties. They are allowed to prescribe medication only in a few states, but they usually work with a psychiatrist.

There are all kind of counselors: marital and family therapists, career counselors, relationship counselor, drama therapist, or speech therapist, or counselors who work with social care to help people with disabilities.

If you have a mild mental condition, a counselor can help you to cope with it, offering guidance for you to explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. If you suffer from a mental disorder, you will be referred to a psychologist or to a psychiatrist. At BetterHelp you can find therapists from many states and with a wide range of specializations. Also you can find a lot of useful information about mental health.

Be careful, if you are in a crisis, if you want to hurt yourself or to hurt other people, or someone else shows these symptoms, do not use the internet, call 911 for urgent help.

  1. https://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health-resources#types-of-providers

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Telehealth and telemedicine are considered synonymous. In both situations it’s about the physical distance between the patient and the health care provider. Both uses information and communication technologies to deliver and exchange medical information (or any kind of data related to health) in order to achieve diagnosis, treatment plan and prevention of disease and injuries. Telemedicine includes also research and evaluation and continuing education of health care providers.  However, a refined definition regards telemedicine as a service delivered by physicians only, while telehealth can be provided by “health professionals in general, including nurses, pharmacists, and others.” (1)

The way patients see telemedicine or telehealth showed improvements since the beginning of this century

In an early study from 2000, telemedicine was used to deliver specialist oncology/haematology care. Patients were satisfied with their teleconsultations, but also expressed concerns regarding the limitations of such a service. (2)

Another study, published in 2004, has shown a better perception of telemedicine. According to the authors: “Despite concerns regarding its confidentiality and its ability to approximate the social stimulation of in-person nursing visits, patients in these pilot trials seemed satisfied with home telecare and appeared ready to accept its widespread use. “ (3)

Also, a study released in 2011 concluded that “[…] brief use of a Web-based telemedicine service has a significant positive effect on patients’ perceptions of this service. Therefore, as patients do not have prior experience with innovative telemedicine services, offering patients a risk-free way to explore and experiment with the service can increase the development of accurate perceptions and user needs.” (4)

A recent study, published in 2018, used telehealth for type 2 diabetes management. The patients were pleased by telehealth improved access to care. Lots of them said they would prefer telehealth care rather than their regular appointments at the doctor’s office. However, “they would not want it to fully replace their contacts with their doctor, especially when it comes to discussing more serious health issues.” (5)

A short history of telemedicine

It can be said that telemedicine started in the early 20th century when electrocardiograph data were transmitted over telephone wires. Then, in the 1960s telemedicine was used for military and space technology sectors.

Also, consultations between specialists of a psychiatric institute and general practitioners of a state mental hospital were made through television.

It is interesting to mention that in 1925, Hugo Gernsback, a radio pioneer, published an article about a device called the “teledactyl” (tele, far; dactyl finger, from the Greek). That device would permit doctors to see their patients through a viewscreen, and to touch them from miles away with robot arms. That article predicted telemedicine, we can say. (6)

Nowadays telehealth has multiple uses

Although the reimbursement method is not very clear, the telehealth is reaching more patients, some of them being willing to pay a fee for the teleconsultation.

However, 38 states plus District of Columbia require private insurance companies to pay for telehealth. (7)

Intended to be used in disadvantaged areas, like poor or developing countries, with lack of medical care, telehealth has begun to spread over the world, as the access to the internet and to the specialized gadgets and devices becomes more affordable. The patient is able to measure their blood sugar level, or their blood pressure and the data are transmitted to the health care provider. Also, the video conferences allow the patient to speak directly to the physician or to the counselor.

We already mentioned diabetes type 2 home surveillance. There are also post-surgical follow-ups and post-hospital discharges where telehealth is used to keep in touch with the patients.  Also, telehealth addresses chronic condition, especially in seniors, for whom might be difficult to leave the home. Telemedicine can also be used for a prescription renewal, or for treatment management.  

People may use telehealth for other reasons, like they do not have to pay for the transportation to the doctor’s office, or they do not have time to wait. Teleconsultations are scheduled and the patient gets a reminder to ensure he or she will be online for the appointment.

Telehealth can be useful for behavioral health, or mental health, because the patient feels in a secure environment talking to the counselor from his own home. Be careful, though, if you are in a crisis, or someone is in a crisis, or it’s an emergency, do not use telehealth. Seek for immediate help by calling 911 in the U.S. or 112 in Europe. Every telehealth provider should have a list of numbers to call when there is an emergency.

(1) https://www.who.int/goe/publications/goe_telemedicine_2010.pdf

(2)  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1258/1357633001933925

(3)  https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/15305620050503889

(4)   https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/tmj.2010.0208

(5)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6045870/

(6) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/telemedicine-predicted-in-1925-124140942/?no-ist

(7) http://www.securetelehealth.com/private-insurance.html

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It’s well-known that living in New York City can be extremely stressful. With so much going on around you, it’s hard to find a time to relax and catch your breath, especially if you’re also dealing with school or work-related stress. With that in mind, here are some ways to reduce stress and anxiety while living in NYC.

Find a therapist

First, try enlisting the help of a professional. A simple online search, such as “therapist in NYC,” or “therapist near me” will yield a multitude of results. You can also try asking friends and family for recommendations. Talking to a therapist will help you get to the root of your anxiety. You’ll learn coping mechanisms to use anytime you start feeling overwhelmed. In addition to helping you fight stress and anxiety, therapy can provide you with a ton of other benefits.

Your therapist will also provide guidance on how to make sure your body is prepared to handle any stress that might come your way. Stress and anxiety can weaken your body and cause physical symptoms if left untreated — in fact, too much stress can actually make you sick. Eating healthy, drinking enough water, and setting aside time to focus on yourself are all essential.

Get enough sleep

Since noise pollution is rampant throughout the city, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep. Noise pollution is disruptive and can keep your body in high alert when you should be asleep. When you’re experiencing a lack of sleep, you’ll become more easily distressed, as well as irritable and restless. Noise pollution has been attributed to increased rates of cardiovascular disease, psychological issues, and other negative stress responses.

You should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. You can reduce noise in your apartment by sleeping with earplugs, hanging heavy curtains or sealing your windows, and hanging coverings on your walls to block and absorb the noise. To help you fall asleep, you may choose to visit your doctor who might recommend melatonin or meditating for a few minutes before bed. Remember to put away your phone at least a half-hour before you plan on going to bed.

Hit the gym

Try to find time to hit the gym. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress by boosting your brain’s production of endorphins. Along with making you feel good in the moment, regular physical activity helps increase self-confidence and reduces symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Exercise can also be helpful in falling asleep easier.

The gym is also a great way to meditate because it’ll force you to concentrate on your body’s movements rather than what happened the other day at work. Once you begin regularly going to the gym, your brain will become used to focusing on a single task, which can be a useful skill in most things you do. If you’re hesitant to go alone, ask a friend or co-worker to come with you.

Find things that make you happy

It’s easy to feel suffocated when all you do is go to work, come home, and sleep. Find activities that you enjoy and make time for them. Whether it’s shopping, checking out a museum, or creating art, the possibilities are virtually endless in NYC. You’re in the center of everything, so try picking up some new hobbies and making new acquaintances and friends. Finding things that make you feel content will help reduce stress and anxiety as well as allow you to dedicate time toward bettering yourself.

Overcoming the stress and anxiety of living in NYC can seem like a monumental task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can start feeling happier and learn how to effectively deal with feeling overwhelmed. All in all, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.

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Hair loss is a problem that a lot of people experience. For some people, the hair fall doesn’t affect the overall look of their hair. Unfortunately for some, their hair loss leads to a visible scalp or receding hairlines. The good news is that a hairline transplant procedure that can treat this problem. However, not everyone is a good candidate for such treatment.

Here are a few factors that a doctor will check to determine whether you can get the procedure done or not.

Your Hair Type

Everyone has different hair types. Wavy and curly hair are generally thick, and if you have this hair type, you’re a good candidate for a hairline transplant. Thick hair can hide bald spots very well. Light – which is reflected by your scalp – won’t pass through thick hair, which will make your bald spots less noticeable.

People with straight hair are not necessarily bad candidates. If your hair is straight but thick, then you have a high chance of a successful transplant because of the coverage that thick hair provides. However, if your hair is straight and thin, it’s hard to cover up the thinning areas and bald spots, reducing your rate of success.

Your Age

It’s usually older people – those who are 30 years old and above – who are the best candidates for a hairline transplant procedure. Doctors are generally careful in considering people who are 30 years old or younger.

Teens and young adults can experience hair loss, too. However, their hair loss still has the potential to be treated in a nonsurgical way. For instance, there are conditioners, special creams, and products that can reverse the damage. Additionally, the progress of their hair loss could still change, so undergoing a hairline transplant procedure at a young age may be unnecessary or too soon.

Your Hair Loss Type

Certain hair loss conditions and their severity can also affect your eligibility for the treatment. People with male or female pattern baldness are great candidates because they only lose hair on some parts of their scalp, which means they have a good amount of hair donors.

If you have alopecia, then you’re not a good candidate for a hairline transplant procedure because you have poor hair donors, leading to unfavorable results. Undergoing a hair transplant will only waste your time and money.

Your Health Condition

If you’re undergoing any kind of surgical procedure, including a hairline transplant, it’s necessary that you’re in good general health. Surgeries can take a toll on your body, so you need to be physically fit. A balanced diet and regular exercise can help you stay in shape.

You should discuss any illnesses you have and the treatment you’re undergoing with your doctor. Certain diseases can worsen your hair loss problem. The medications you currently take may also adversely affect your body, including your hair. Transparency in your medical conditions and the medications you’re taking will help your doctor create the best treatment plan for you.

Your Dedication to Post-Procedure Recovery

You may have gone through the hard part, which is the surgery, but it’s not over yet. After the surgery, you need ample time to recover. You’ll receive instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure.

You need to follow the instructions carefully to ensure the success of the treatment and your fast recovery. If you’re the kind of person who can follow post-procedure care, you can push through with the treatment. If you can’t, perhaps hiring someone to remind you to take your medicines or care for you, is necessary.

Your Budget

Most healthcare plans don’t cover hairline transplant procedures, which are not cheap. The surgery cost usually ranges from $4,000 to $15,000. Additional costs include the medicines and supplements you need to take after the procedure.

Hairline transplants are also not a one-time thing. You may need several visits to the doctor to ensure you get your desired results. You shouldn’t miss appointments just because you don’t have the money for it as it may affect the success of your treatment.

The recovery period may also take some time. If you can’t show up to work, then you won’t receive any salary.

So, unless you have a source of passive income, it’s best to save up for the whole process first.

Conclusion

If you qualify according to the factors above, then your thinning hair and bald spots may still be resolved through a hairline transplant procedure. Talk to your doctor and make sure you thoroughly understand all the possible outcomes before undergoing the procedure.

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There is an opinion that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than regular (tobacco) ones. In fact, this question has not been thoroughly studied. Of course, facts confirming that people are switching to e-cigarettes, with time, no longer feel short of breath, get rid of the pain in a chest and strong cough. There are many other benefits. Scientists do not argue that the electronic cigarette is a panacea for smokers because hovering is quite a young thing and so far there are no serious tests to confirm or refute this hypothesis. The question of the harm or benefit of vape is far from the only one of those that hover around these electronic devices. Often the financial issue is important, and in this article, we will figure out what is cheaper – electronic cigarettes or regular ones.
To begin with, smoking any cigarette, including vape pen, is harmful. Before you buy electronic cigarettes, think again about the potential harm that you cause to health, as well as the possible addiction to nicotine. Remember that although electronic cigarettes are less dangerous for the body than tobacco products, their detrimental effects on the body have not been studied for a long time. So far it is only known that steam can cause diseases (including cancer) of the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous and other systems. Therefore, if you want to protect yourself from harm completely  – do not smoke or steam at all. At the same time, it can be said that an electronic cigarette is a reasonable alternative to regular cigarettes. If by virtue of habit or personal factors you cannot give up nicotine, it is better that it enters your body without toxic impurities, tar, carcinogens, poisons, which are more than enough in tobacco smoke. Steam is safer.


Is it cheaper to soar or smoke?


More and more people around the world give their preference to modern cigarettes, completely refusing tobacco. This is connected not so much with concern for their own health, but with the desire to reduce their costs.
It is secretly assumed that an electronic cigarette is a very expensive pleasure, but this is more a legend than a reality.
Indeed, some ten years ago, when e-cigarettes rushed into the markets, it was not easy and expensive to buy them. They cost a lot of money, and the service noticeably hit the bill. Today the situation is completely different, which can be fairly justified by high competition, as well as rapid development in the field of technology and appearance of vape shops (Vapindaily, for example).
Often, a smoker who has to choose whether to switch to “nanotechnological” smoking compares the cost of his cigarettes with the cost of an electronic cigarette and makes a choice in the direction of tobacco. To a newcomer in this business, it may seem that the price of a gadget is ten times higher than the price of one pack of cigarettes, and therefore there is no point in changing an ordinary tobacco cigarette to an uncharted device. But here it is worth remembering that an electronic cigarette is bought once and with proper maintenance it can be used for a long time. For a beginner, it is often important that an electronic cigarette be similar in appearance and shape to a regular one.
The myths that e-cigs are much more expensive than regular cigarettes are most likely created to maintain the budget of tobacco corporations. Probably, it is clear for what reasons –  they just do not want to lose their income.
It turns out that the benefits and advantages of an electronic cigarette over obsolete tobacco products prevail. Safe for life and health of the components that make up the liquid, getting rid of unpleasant odors, and as a bonus, a very pleasant saving of your own wallet.
In conclusion, it is worth noting that smoking or hovering is a matter for everyone individually. It is worth remembering that tobacco products are definitely harmful and weightily hit the budget. As for electronic soaring, little is known about the harm here, but this does not exclude the fact that it does exist.
An average smoker who needs one pack of cigarettes a day spends about $ 650 a year to buy cigarettes. A considerable amount, isn’t it? And if you take into account what cigarettes do to you, it may seem absurd. Now imagine what you could spend all the money saved! And, finally, you have a question: “How much will it cost to use an electronic cigarette?” Initially, when switching from cigarettes to vaping, the cost of the starter kit is taken into account, which ranges from $ 15 to $ 40, the remaining costs are buying vape juice and replaceable components (evaporators). According to our calculations, it will cost about $ 50 a month, depending on your device and the amount of liquid that you evaporate. More advanced devices cost more money – better specifications require higher production costs. But, having made a purchase of a device, all your future costs are limited to the purchase of liquids and consumables, the service life of which often exceeds one month. By simple calculations, you can answer the main question yourself. But for clarity, we will demonstrate the numbers. Keeping your e-cigarette and maintaining a supply of liquid will cost you $ 100- $ 250 per year. Agree, it is clearly more profitable than spending $ 650 on cigarettes. Ideally, vaping should help you to throw both cigarettes and steam, which will reduce your expenses on a bad habit to zero! Well, do not forget that, according to the research department of the Department of Health of the United Kingdom, vaping is 95% safer than traditional cigarettes.
An electronic cigarette, if we are talking about a good model, is financially more profitable than daily buying cigarette packs. In conclusion, we only note that it is recommended to buy e-cigarettes and consumables from trusted suppliers, which will protect you from counterfeits, unsafe and low-quality products. Remember that for each different consumer models of devices and liquids may be ideal – be prepared for a conscious independent choice.

About the author: Christina Matthews, the journalist who studies the latest news in the health industry. Now she studies the effects of smoking and vaping on health and reasons of such its popularity.

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Celebs using the dangerous banned drug Clenbuterol are risking their lives. But why do they do it? And what’s the alternative?

We all feel the pressure to look good sometimes. For celebrities and professional athletes, that feeling is ongoing. The urge to look great and perform at elite levels can lead to some dangerous decisions. One of the worst choices people in the public eye can make is using illegal drugs to drop weight. Like the current trend to use banned drug Clenbuterol (AKA Clen) to shed fat fast, or to put in a suspiciously good sports performance.

The biggest problem is Clenbuterol is a banned substance with some very nasty side effects.

Here’s what you need to know about the side effects of Clenbuterol, and why it’s so popular in certain circles – despite the known risks.

What Is Clenbuterol?

Clenbuterol hydrochloride, more commonly known as Clen, is a steroid-like drug that was originally developed for a legitimate purpose (to help people with breathing disorders such as Asthma). But these days it’s mostly used on animals to make them gain more muscle tissue for more profitable meat production (although it’s illegal in Europe for any animals which enter the food chain). It’s never been approved by the FDA for use in the USA, and it’s an offense to supply or have the intent to supply Clenbuterol in the UK.

Like so many of these drugs, it’s fallen into misuse. That’s because it has the powerful ability to help burn body fat, helping maintain a slim and lean body. It’s illegal to buy over the counter, but commonly used amongst athletes and even celebrities who want to maintain a certain look.

Of course, staying slim isn’t the only side effect of Clenbuterol. This dangerous drug comes with plenty of risks to short and long-term health.

The Side Effects Of Clenbuterol

Clenbuterol acts like amphetamines, helping the body burn more fat by heating it up and manipulating the nervous system. That’s why users often wind up trembling, overheating, and sweaty. The drug can also impact sleep because the body can’t wind down. It’ll ramp up your blood pressure (terrible news when you consider that heart disease, heart attack, and high blood pressure are already some of our biggest health threats). Muscle cramps are common on Clen, as all that excess energy means essential minerals are lost through sweat.

Most worryingly is Clenbuterol’s impact on the heart. Using the drug can lead to heart palpitations and even put users at increased risk of heart attack – no matter how young, fit, or slim they are. And the effects can be long-term, including left-sided cardiac atrophy which can develop in as little as a month from first use.

The Athletes & VIPs Using Clenbuterol

The number of people in the public eye using this drug is shocking. You might have heard about boxer Canelo Alvarez’s drug failure for Clenbuterol, or USA triple-jumper Will Claye’s drug test which showed trace amounts of Clen. Both athletes argued successfully their case for the drug showing up due to contaminated meat (red meat contaminated by Clenbuterol is a real problem in cattle from Mexico). It’s a counter-argument which has overturned numerous Clenbuterol drug fails across a range of professional sports.

But it doesn’t always fly; Tour de France champ Alberto Contador tested positive for the drug in 2010. He gave the contaminated meat argument but was handed a two-year suspension. And New Zealand rugby player Kalib Hamiora Whakataka received a two-year ban after he admitted ordering prohibited substances through an online Clenbuterol site and using the drug.

More worryingly are the cases which can’t be explained away by contaminated meat. These tend to be underground, unconfirmed cases which are nonetheless accepted truths in VIP circles. Actors, models, social media stars, and aspiring stars use Clenbuterol to drop weight fast before photo shoots, red carpet events, or to get coveted on-screen roles. We’re not gonna name any names, but everybody knows it’s happening.

It’s particularly popular in the celeb-driven city of Los Angeles, with Mexico right across the border. Celebrity personal trainers, gym owners, and stylists all confirm the use of Clenbuterol amongst their clients. Yes, those same celebs who always seem to be collapsing with mystery dehydration and exhaustion. It seems their punishing promotional schedules might not be the only culprit for their fragile health.

Why do these talented men and women take Clenbuterol when the health risks are so well-known? Human nature will always make people want things sooner, faster, and better. And the sports and entertainment industries will naturally attract more driven, type-A personalities. Clenbuterol is not the first illegal, dangerous drug to be used as a weight loss aid, and it probably won’t be the last. That doesn’t make it OK.

So what about those of us with less pressure on our shoulders (and more concern for our health)? Happily, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to the drug Clenbuterol. The most obvious answer will always be diet and exercise, of course. A moderate calorie deficit, combined with an increase in activity levels will lead to weight loss unless you have an underlying health issue which confounds the law of thermodynamics.

If you want a little extra help, there are ways to boost weight loss without turning to dangerous and illegal drugs like Clenbuterol. Nature has a host of ingredients which can support your metabolic rate, help you expend more energy, and retain healthy lean tissue as you lose fat. Some of the best are garcinia cambogia, guarana, caffeine, and citrus aurantium – all natural, safe, and legal! If your goal is losing weight, choose to do it safely and enjoy the results of your work. Health should always come first.

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What to do when someone around you suffers an electric shock? How about a cut, a fracture, perhaps even a heart attack? These events are relatively common today, and they can happen anytime to pretty much anyone, so knowing how to handle them is important. And there are many who can handle themselves well in such situations but, unfortunately, not nearly enough. And even those who have received some training in it still carry some pretty common misconceptions about first aid that can, under the right conditions, do more harm than good – like the ones on our list below.

1. Don’t fall asleep if you suffered a concussion

One of the longest-running myths – unfortunately, further propagated by the media – is that if somebody suffers a concussion, that person must be kept awake at all cost, otherwise they might slip into a coma. Thus, people who have suffered massive blows to their head are kept awake forcibly by the bystanders.

The truth is the only reason why a person who has suffered a concussion should be woken up (not kept awake) a few times in order to avoid throwing up in their sleep (this is one of the effects of a concussion). Otherwise, you should let them sleep – especially if a doctor has seen them beforehand.

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2. Put your head back if your nose bleeds

When your nose starts to bleed, the first thing those around you will tell you is to put your head back so that the bleeding can stop sooner. This is, in turn, a bad piece of advice – you should actually do the contrary.

If you put your head back when your nose bleeds, the blood will flow down your throat, and you will swallow it – once in your stomach, the blood can cause nausea and vomiting. Instead, you should tilt your head forward, pinch your nose right at your nostrils, and hold it for about 10 minutes. This should do it – if not, make sure to seek medical attention.

3. Pour alcohol on an open wound

You often see this one in the movies: the hero pours some vodka or whiskey on the gunshot wound, then gulps down a sip or two, and gets right into the fight. In real life, you shouldn’t act this way.

The open wound itself doesn’t need to be disinfected – the disinfectant serves as a measure to prevent germs from getting into the wound. The wound itself is cleaned out by the blood that flows out of it, that also serves as a sealant – something that alcohol can dissolve. So, if you suffer a cut or something more serious, make sure to disinfect the skin around it and don’t put alcohol inside. It won’t help – but it will sting like hell.

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Dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, are transmitted by their common vector, Aedes, which is found mostly in tropical regions.  The virus is found in the salivary gland of the mosquito and can be transferred to humans when an infected mosquito bites.

There are a number of climatic and environmental factors influencing the transmission and dynamics of transmission, such as the immunity factor in humans and the interaction between the pathogen and the host.

Dengue, chikungunya and Zika, all of them have common symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose it. Zika, chikungunya and dengue viruses share the same mosquito vector. Their symptoms and signs are also similar, which makes it indistinguishable even in the clinical grounds. Nevertheless, there are a few differences which can help in differentiating the diseases and prevent any kind of misdiagnoses. Caripill dosage is given to patients for immediate relief. The medicine is made from papaya leaf extracts, and it does not have any side effects.

The symptoms of Chikungunya can confuse anyone with the critical phase of dengue, and this often leads to misdiagnosis. Commonly, the symptoms include a rash, fever, joint, and muscle pain. As of now, there is no particular vaccine that curbs the disease and that is why treatment is directed towards reducing the symptoms.

Furthermore, with a diagnostic test, the complications can be prevented, managed and the complications can be reduced.

For instance, dengue-infected patients need to be checked for hemorrhagic fever. And chikungunya patients should be checked and treated for post-infectious chronic arthritis and acute arthralgia. And for Zika virus infection needs special care as it can result into birth defects during pregnancy.

Simply put, Dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses can cause serious health issues with almost similar clinical images. And it requires specific treatment to manage the patient and the complications resulting from the disease.

However, a misdiagnosis can have a huge effect on the overall treatment, how the signs and symptoms are relieved and can result in serious complications.

Misdiagnosis can be prevented with the help of the diagnostic procedures. However, if you are aware of the underlying symptoms of all the three diseases, it might help in the correct diagnoses of the disease.

Let’s have a look at the symptoms of all the three diseases to make it easier for you to comprehend on your own.

Symptoms of Chikungunya

Chikungunya is widespread is the majority of the countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. The symptoms of chikungunya can show up between 3 and 7 days of being bitten by the mosquito.

How to Know If You Have Chikungunya?

Some of the common symptoms include-

  • High temperature/fever
  • Acute joint pain on feet, hands, wrists, ankles, and feet in most of the cases

In some cases, people recover fully. Whereas in some cases, the joint pain can last for weeks and months and even 3 years, depending on the condition of the disease.

Major Symptoms of Chikungunya

  • A persistent headache
  • Severe back pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Maculopapular rashes on the skin (in the initial 48 hours, mainly on the hands, feet, and trunk)

Sometimes, Chikungunya might result in the following symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Swelling
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Vomit/ Nausea
  • A sore throat
  • Photophobia

Chikungunya is not considered as a fatal disease, but sometimes it can result into serious complications in children, elderly people and people with lower immunity.

How to Know Zika Virus Disease Symptoms?

As per the WHO reports, the incubation period of Zika virus disease is approximately between 3 and 14 days.

In most of the cases, infected people do not get any symptoms. However, some of the common signs are muscle pain, rash, fever, and headache lasting from more than 2 to 7 days.

Pregnant women infected with Zika virus need immediate medical treatment to avoid any complications in the baby within the womb.

Some of the common symptoms of Zika virus infection include:

  • Arthralgia
  • Fatigue
  • Low-grade fever
  • A headache
  • Maculopapular skin rash on face and spreading on the body
  • Itching
  • Mild joint pain ( in some cases it can extend to more than a month)
  • Red eyes

Sometimes, the disease might result in the following symptoms

  • Guillain-Barré
  • Muscular pain
  • Swelling (hands, feet, and legs)
  • Gastro-intestinal problems such as diarrhea and vomit
  • Retro-orbital pain behind the eyes
  • A sore throat
  • Ganglion cysts

The symptoms of Zika virus are usually mild and most of the patients recover fully without any major complications.

How to Detect Dengue Fever?

It is a viral infection that is transmitted by a mosquito bite (infected mosquito). The infections can result in minor and major symptoms. If not diagnosed and treated properly, it can be fatal also.

Proper diagnosis is important to prevent deaths. As per the WHO reports, almost half of the world’s population is vulnerable to this disease. Approximately, 5 lakh people with severe dengue symptoms require hospitalization every year. And, it results in 2.5% deaths out of all the cases every year.

The period of incubation ranges between 3 and 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

 Some of the common symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Itching
  • A severe headache
  • Pain in joints
  • Severe muscular pain
  • Reduced white cell counts
  • Retro-orbital pain behind the eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Skin maculopapular rash (prominent after 2 to 5 days of fever)
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Loss of taste and appetite

Sometimes, dengue might result in the following symptoms-

  • Bleeding from gums and nose
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bad temper
  • Somnolence
  • Hypotension
  • Vomiting blood

Mild symptoms of dengue can sometimes be mistaken with a viral infection and common flu. People with low immunity and believed to be at a higher risk of developing dengue hemorrhagic fever. It is a rare condition resulting in hemorrhage bleeding, and even shock and death within 24 hours. It is called dengue shock syndrome).

In a Nutshell!

It is important to diagnose Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya as there is no particular cure for these diseases.  It depends on the patient’s immune system and how he is able to fight the symptoms.

Timely diagnosis and the right treatment can helps to relive the symptoms.

There is no commercial vaccine for these infections. Any exposure to mosquitos should be avoided in the initial days of catching the infection. It will avoid spreading it further to other people. And, do not attempt to treat the disease with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and aspirin as it will increase the risk of the hemorrhagic syndrome.
If you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you must seek medical help.

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A recent study conducted by scientists based in Sweden and Manchester has found that patients with diabetes are up to 31% more at risk of developing cancer, and also have a worse chance of surviving that cancer. As a result, the early detection of diabetes is crucial, so that potential links to cancer can be discovered earlier.

Diabetes is a disease where the body does not make enough insulin, or use insulin well. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas which helps to process glucose (sugar) in the blood stream. When the blood stream has too much sugar, or too little sugar in it, this can be a problem for people with diabetes.

In the UK, the incidence of diabetes has doubled in just 20 years, which makes it a very serious and fast-moving health issue for the population.

There are three main types of diabetes that most people are aware of: type 1 diabetes, type 2, and gestational diabetes, which occurs when women are pregnant. There are other, rarer types of diabetes that are usually linked to other illnesses, such as cystic-fibrosis-related diabetes.

The increase in diabetes is not well understood, but a big factor is that obesity also increases the risk of people developing type 2 diabetes. As obesity in the population becomes more prevalent, type 2 diabetes does as well. Some data suggests that the actual percentage of the population with diabetes is higher than what is reported, due to people being misdiagnosed or living with currently-undiagnosed diabetes.

The Link between Diabetes and Cancer

Diabetes alone is a major health issue that can have serious and even fatal impacts on people’s lives. Recent research showing links between diabetes and cancer makes the problem more complex, and more serious. The mechanism between diabetes and cancer is not well understood, but scientists believe that high amounts of sugar in the blood could lead to DNA damage, which could result in tumours.

Other than type 1 and 2, there is another type of diabetes that is less well-known, called type 3c diabetes. This is a type of diabetes that is linked with pancreatic cancer, and often this type of diabetes is misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes. This means that the patient may not get the correct type of treatment, or their pancreatic cancer may go undiscovered.

“The relationship between diabetes and pancreatic cancer is quite complex,” notes Lynn Matrisian, chief science officer at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). She explains that “diabetes can be both a risk factor and an early symptom of pancreatic cancer.”

Particular types of cancer are more connected to each type of diabetes. For example, those with type 1 diabetes are more at risk of developing cervical or stomach cancer, and those with type 2 diabetes are more at risk of developing pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, or cancers of the womb, bowel, breast, and bladder. Being aware of this information can help you to talk to your doctor about the increased risks you may be facing.

How Can These Problems Be Prevented?

A representative from a medical malpractice solicitors firm also explains that “It’s important for health professionals and the public to be aware of the link between diabetes and cancer, as the misdiagnosis of type 3c diabetes is a major problem”. Without diagnosis and detection, patients cannot be treated quickly and well.

Hulda Hrund Bjornsdottir from the Swedish National Diabetes Register (NDR), who completed research on the link between diabetes and cancer, emphasises that “with the number of people with type 2 diabetes doubling over the past 30 years our findings underscore the importance of improving diabetes care. Eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are important factors in diabetes prevention and furthermore cancer prevention.”

Some of the additional steps you can take include stopping smoking and abstaining from alcohol. Patients with diabetes are recommended to go through additional evidence-based cancer screening, with particular focus on groups more at risk due to sex or age.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about this link between cancer and diabetes, and be aware of symptoms. Make sure you take the above measures to protect and enhance your health, and keep aware of how to manage your diabetes in an effective way. With greater awareness and discussion of these issues, prevention can be better targeted and more likely to succeed.

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You’ve probably heard a lot about superfoods, but might be wondering exactly what these nutrient-dense ingredients can do for your health. In this post, we’ll show you ten of the best, as well as their amazing benefits!

Broccoli

We can’t rave about broccoli enough! It’s a fabulous source of vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as B vitamins and folate. It’s also packed full of fibre, which is great news for the digestive system! Finally, it’s full of minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and selenium. It’s basically the king of all superfoods! Plus, it’s super versatile. Add broccoli to a salad, stir fry, pasta dish, curry, or as an accompaniment to dinner. Bellissimo!

Spinach

Spinach is recognised as an excellent source of iron, making it an ideal choice for vegans, vegetarians, and anyone who restricts their consumption of meat. But there’s so much more to spinach than iron! It also contains potassium, magnesium, and calcium, as well as vitamins B6, B9, C, E, and K. Add spinach to salads, omelettes, and smoothies for a shot of nutrients!

Sweet Potatoes

These delicious root veggies are packed with vitamin A, which is a crucial nutrient that protects the health of our teeth and gums, which can help to prevent the need for treatments like dental implants. Switch sweet potatoes for the white variety and enjoy them simply boiled or steamed, or as jackets, wedges, fries, or mash.

Kale

We love this delicious green powerhouse! Kale is a great source of antioxidants such as quercetin and kaempferol, which are thought to help prevent depression, inflammation, and cancer. It also contains vitamins A, C, K, and B6, as well as copper, calcium, and potassium.

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Salmon

Packed with essential omega-3 fatty acids, this delicious fish is also an excellent source of protein, which can help people trying to lose weight to feel fuller for longer.

Eggs

While we’re on the subject of protein, eggs are also a great source. In addition, they contain vitamins B2, B6, B12, and D. Vitamin D helps to promote absorption of calcium, which strengthens bones and keeps them healthy.

Blueberries

These yummy berries are full of antioxidants, which can help prevent some forms of cancer, in tandem with a healthy lifestyle. They’re also a source of vitamins A, C, and E. Enjoy on their own, with Greek yoghurt, or blitzed in a smoothie.

Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Maybe not, but they are a wonderful source of fibre, vitamin C, calcium, zinc, and manganese – making them perfect for protecting all-round health!

Flaxseeds

This underrated superfood has lots of brilliant benefits, including the promotion of blood sugar control, lowering of cholesterol, and protection of digestive health. A sprinkle in your morning cereal is a delicious way to get your daily dose!

Garlic

It may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you do enjoy garlic, you’ll be in for some health-boosting benefits! Garlic can help to reduce blood pressure and prevent heart disease. It can also shorten the length of the common cold, and promote blood sugar control. Amazing!

Which is your favourite superfood? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Since the very first e-cigarettes appeared on the market just over a decade ago, the devices and vaping practice have undergone a few regulation changes. Vaping laws were introduced to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids, preventing the sale of them to anyone under the age of 18 and limiting the quantity of e-liquids and refillable tanks available. When it comes to actually vaping though, there is currently no law in place to restrict or prevent it.

In the Office

There are state based vaping restrictions across the USA which legally ban it in certain places, including the workplace. However, in the UK there is no official regional legislation regarding the use of e-cigs. This means legally you can vape in your office, but the majority of places will have their own bans in place as they are private property, which you must follow. Check with your manager first though, as not all workplaces will have implemented a ban and you may be able to vape in the office.

Down the Pub

The government has not banned vaping in any particular location, the closest it came was in Wales when a prohibition was nearly passed in public places where children may be present. A beach in the country did proclaim itself to be smoke-free including e-cigs but there is no legal sanction in place. That’s because currently the decision to allow vaping in any space is down to the property owner, which is why some pubs allow vaping while others don’t.

On Public Transport

There has been something of a blanket ban for vaping on public and private transport, with the majority of buses, trains, aeroplanes and taxis, despite being exempt from smoke-free legislation. There is concern that if people can’t vape in such places then they are less likely to quit tobacco products, as they may as well wait or go elsewhere where they can smoke cigarettes. Dedicated vaping carriages on trains could be one such solution. While it’s not illegal, you are likely to be asked to stop or potentially kicked off if caught doing so.

At Gigs and Sports Events

The majority of stadiums and arenas also have a blanket ban on vaping, though it can be worth checking first. Vaping is banned in all Premier League stadiums, and you can’t leave to vape and re-enter either, for examples. Punishments for getting caught include ejection from the ground and even the right to take away your season ticket, so it’s not worth the risk in most cases (unless your team loses every week).

So, while there are no laws against vaping in the UK, most places have their own terms you need to comply with to stay safe.

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According to a recent report, part of the Global Burden of Diseases analysis and published in the Lancet, there has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having.

Their researchers found that fertility rate falls meant nearly half of countries were now facing a “baby bust” – meaning there are insufficient children to maintain their population size.

They said the findings were a “huge surprise” and there would be profound consequences for societies with “more grandparents than grandchildren”.

The study followed trends in every country from 1950 to 2017.

According to the report, in 1950, women were having an average of 4.7 children in their lifetime. The fertility rate all but halved to 2.4 children per woman by 2017.

However, that masks huge variation between nations.

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The fertility rate in Niger, West Africa, is 7.1, but in the Mediterranean island of Cyprus women are having one child, on average.

Whenever a country’s average fertility rate drops below approximately 2.1 then populations will eventually start to shrink (this “baby bust” figure is significantly higher in countries which have high rates of death in childhood).

At the start of the study, in 1950, there were zero nations in this position.

More economically developed countries including the US, most of Europe, South Korea and Australia have lower fertility rates.

It does not mean the number of people living in these countries is falling, at least not yet as the size of a population is a mix of the fertility rate, death rate and migration.

It can also take a generation for changes in fertility rate to take hold.

Half the world’s nations are still producing enough children to grow, but as more countries advance economically, more will have lower fertility rates.

The fall in fertility rate is not down to sperm counts or any of the things that normally come to mind when thinking of fertility.

Instead it is being put down to three key factors: fewer deaths in childhood meaning women have fewer babies; greater access to contraception and more women in education and work.

Without migration, countries will face ageing and shrinking populations.

The report says affected countries will need to consider increasing immigration, which can create its own problems, or introducing policies to encourage women to have more children, which often fail.

China has seen huge population growth since 1950, going from around half a billion inhabitants to 1.4 billion.

However, China too is facing the challenge of fertility rates, which stood at only 1.5 in 2017, and has recently moved away from its famous one child policy.

The reason developed countries need a fertility rate of 2.1 is because not all children survive to adulthood and babies are ever so slightly more likely to be male than female.

However, in China, the report shows for every 100 girls born there were 117 boys which “imply very substantial gender-selective abortion and even the possibility of female infanticide”.

That means even more children need to be born to have a stable population.

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Back in 1998, a small US company began a service to rent out DVDs of your choosing and have them sent to your home. It was all at your fingertips: fast, cheap, and very convenient. Today that small company is known as Netflix and has become one of many streaming companies that deliver DVDs and so much more.

Since 2010, this company has gone global and now can be found in Latin America and Canada. Other streaming companies have followed suit such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Crackle. With the touch of your smartphone, tablet, gaming console, and a small monthly fee, you can sit back on your couch and stream anything tailored to just you.

You can even opt for live TV and send your cable packing. You can subscribe to the multitudes of channels that are streaming exclusive content of your desired topic such as work-out channels, British entertainment, crime dramas, and even immerse yourself into the ever growing popular world of anime.

The World of Anime

Anime is a popular form of animated movies or television shows created for both adults and children. Many hail from their manga form or Japanese graphic novels. Shows such as Death Note, Sailor Moon, and Psycho Pass can be discovered on a variety of streaming networks. One such show is the well known franchise Dragon Ball Z created by Akira Toriyama in the 1980s. There are a few series of this Japanese anime such as Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragonball Super.

The shows follows the character Goku who starts off the DragonBall series as a child with the saiyan tail (which eventually gets cut off but grows back). However, he unknowingly grows up without the knowledge of being saiyan until later on. Within the series and graphic novels, there are discrepancies such as Goku being turned back into a child. Some other differences are found between the anime shows and the manga comics. One such difference is the topic of Goku and Super Saiyan Red (God) and Super Saiyan Blue. Goku and his enemy Vegeta both use these forms; God form seems to give a well balanced form of ki and stamina compared to Blue. Super Saiyan Blue doesn’t last long but brings enormous power (as told in the manga version). Streaming this long time series lets you dive deeper into the saga of Goku while benefiting your mind, too.

Binge-Watching for Your Brain

How would watching hours of television be good for you? For starters, when a new show comes to your favorite streaming channel, it is an opportunity to invite some friends over and throw a premiere party. Don’t want to share your nachos? Hop on the couch and get ready to escape into an imaginary world. Or if you enjoy learning new things, you can watch countless of documentaries about the earth or true crime.

The average American works about 38 hours a week. That may not seem a great amount of time, however that doesn’t count for what happens when you come home and spend hours of extra work if you are a teacher, a lawyer, or a parent. Streaming a new show or even an old one gives you the down time you may need to recharge. In fact when asked, 73 percent of people questioned by Netflix said they “felt good” after watching a favorite show.

Binge watching a favored show releases the chemical dopamine which makes you feel good when you do something you like. Whatever you love to watch, whether alone or with family and friends, streaming a favorite show is a good way to spend your down time. Who knows; maybe the next time you visit your doctor they may add “streaming” to your list of things to do for better health!

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If you want good overall health, you need to take care of your teeth. Unhealthy teeth can cause serious health issues. For that reason, you need to take your oral health seriously. Follow these five tips for looking after your teeth and you can maintain your overall health.

  1. Brush and Floss Frequently

Brushing and flossing frequently is one of the keys to great oral health. After you eat food, some food particles remain in your mouth. The only way to prevent them from accumulating is to brush and floss your teeth frequently.

You should brush your teeth at least two times every day. For the best results, do so after your meals. Make sure that you take your time to brush and reach all the hard-to-reach areas. If it’s not taking you between two and three minutes to brush, you’re not doing your job.

  1. Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks

Acid wears at your teeth. When you eat or drink acidic food, the enamel of your teeth starts to wear away. The acid tears down the minerals that protect your teeth. Because the enamel protects your teeth from harmful bacteria, this makes your teeth likely to start decaying. It also can lead to tooth sensitivity.

To avoid damaging your tooth enamel, limit your intake of acidic food and drinks. Stay away from foods like citrus fruits and sour candies. You should also avoid lemonade, lime juices, and cordials.

  1. Only Use Your Teeth for Chewing

Some people use their teeth as versatile tools. For example, you might use your teeth to crack nuts, open plastic packaging, an open bottle caps. Although you might like the multi-purpose nature of your teeth, they aren’t meant for anything but chewing.

When you use your teeth for other purposes, you place more wear on them. You also risk chipping your teeth. In any case, you should do what you can to protect them.

  1. Use the Right Tools

If you want to keep your teeth healthy, you need the right tools. First, you need an appropriate toothbrush. It should have a small head that can reach your back teeth. To avoid unnecessary wear and gum damage, you should buy a brush with soft bristles.

Even your toothpaste should be up for the job. Fluoridated toothpaste strengthens your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay.

For some extra protection, you can splurge and get tools like an electric toothbrush or water pick. They can be expensive, but they can also save you money on dental procedures.

  1. Get Regular Check-Ups

Preventative dentistry is one of the best ways to look after your oral health. When you visit a dentist for a check-up, they can examine your mouth. If you have any signs of trouble, they can advise you on what to do. You might be able to prevent a major procedure.

If you want to maintain your oral health, you should visit your dentist at least twice each year. You check-up should also include a teeth cleaning, which gets rid of any lingering plaque. With a little preventative care, you can avoid issues like cavities and root canals.

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The US has a growing elderly population with no slowing in sight. The thought then becomes how are we as a country going to take care of this population. In the past there were only a few options, either have a family member live with their children or a nursing home of some type. Now there are plenty of options that are much more favorable than those of the past. The following are some of those options that we have to take care of those in our family that might be having trouble taking can of themselves appropriately.

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Assessing The Situation Honestly Instead of Optimistically

The aging person in our family should be assessed honestly and fairly. It is not appropriate to try to get a person or couple help if they truly do not need it. There are people in their 80’s that are more than self-sufficient while others at 70 years old can need an immense amount of help. A family member could stay with the person or people to see what they struggle with on a daily basis. This will be far more illuminating than just observing a person on a holiday or family get together.

Programs Like CDPAP

CDPAP is a program in New York that stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. What is special about this program is that a person that qualifies can choose a family member to care for them. The person does need Medicaid and the need for home care though along with being the director of their own well-being. This does not have to be difficult to enroll in though as the CDPAP Department of Edison HHC can help with the paperwork and also allow you to see if a loved one qualifies for the program.

50 Plus Communities

50 plus communities have grown in popularity as they can be quite tranquil while allowing those over 50 to interact with each other. These communities often times have quite a social aspect as it is important to have social interaction as we age. These places do not come with nurses that check up on you and you can have your own home. The last things that you have to worry about are teenagers blasting music or noisy neighbors having parties until all hours of the night. For those looking for a tranquil community to be a part of, this could be a great option.

Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted living facilities are not nursing homes and allow a person to have independence. They serve a few meals daily and have medical staff ready to help if something is to happen. This can be a decent place to rehab an injury for an older person and they have activities for the residents. Most of the time there is an activity director whose role is to coordinate activities that all of the residents can enjoy.

We have far more options for the elderly and those that have problems caring for themselves. If you have a loved one that you feel needs some help look into the options above to  see which would be the best fit.

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Having a healthy environment is important for any family. You want to make sure that all family members are feeling well mentally, physically and emotionally at all times. Part of this means having a secure and stable home.

One thing that people sometimes neglect is the indoor air quality of their home. Dust, dirt, cigarette smoke, pollen, mold and bacteria can build up over time. These and other substances can cause breathing problems, allergies and other health issues.

A good way to improve the air quality in your home is by changing your air filters regularly. Most experts recommend changing them every month or two, depending on use. There are many different makes and models of air filters that you can buy. Check your heating and air conditioning system’s user manual to determine the right type of air filter for your needs.

Here are five ways to help secure a healthy environment for your family:

1. Learn about fire prevention

Having a fire extinguisher in your home is great, but it may not be enough. Knowing how to use appliances safely is important. It’s also a good idea to have an evacuation plan prepared in case a fire breaks out in your home. You can practice it regularly until everyone knows what they need to do and where they need to be. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but it never hurts to be prepared.

2. Add an air purifier

A good air purifier can work well in conjunction with your home’s current air filters. There are many different types of air purifiers on the market. Some are perfect for kitchen counters, desks or counter tops. Other units can be wall mounted or have wheels installed to be moved easily from one room to another. They are usually relatively inexpensive, and can do a great job of removing gases and pollutants from your home.

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3. Clean regularly

Another great way to make your home healthier is to clean on a regular basis. This includes scrubbing walls and floors, vacuuming, washing and changing bed sheets and pillow cases often and cleaning drapes and blinds. Mold, bacteria and dirt can build up over time, so making the time to clean a few times a month decreases the chances of these and other items from causing health problems for your family and pets.

4. Make your home safe

If you have young children or pets, you want them to avoid accidentally hurting themselves or others. Installing baby gates or other similar security measures can help keep them safe as they explore the environment around them. Check to see that they are properly secured, and that there are no loose pieces or anything that they could get their hands or feet caught in. Make sure that any hazardous chemicals are safely out of reach or locked away.

5. Maintain your HVAC system

One way to help keep cleaner air in your home is to have a good heating and cooling system that works efficiently. Take the time to clean out air vents and ducts at least once a year. It may be a good idea to schedule a regular maintenance check on your heating system to reduce potential problems such as carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, be sure to clean out your cooling system and make sure it is running smoothly. These preventative maintenance tips can help reduce the chances of having allergens or other air particles that could make you or other members of your family ill.

These are just some simple and easy ways to help make your home a healthier place to live. Your family is your most important commitment, and every family member plays an important role. Making your home safe is something that everyone can participate in. Having a healthy home can lead to a more relaxed environment that everyone can enjoy.

 

 

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Technology can be a huge aid to both seniors living at home and to the people who care for them.  At least 40 percent of elderly Americans aged 85 and older live alone. Most of these seniors either have no caregiver or rely on a nearby family member to act as their caregiver.

If you are a senior who prefers to aid in place in your own home, or if you are a caregiver who is concerned about keeping a senior safe and health, there are a number of medical devices that can help.

Here are four examples of useful emergency devices for the elderly.

1. Mobile Alert Device

A mobile alert device is typically outfitted with a GPS tracker and designed for use outside the home. These devices feature a button on a small unit that can be worn around the neck, wrist, or belt. Using a cellular connection, pressing a button connects the user to a representative who can direct assistance to emergencies.

Such a mobile device is a great option for independent elderly who retain their mobility. The device ensures they always have access to help whether they’re running errands or moving around at home. The GPS capability makes it possible to identify an elderly user’s location if they have confusion identifying where they are.

2. Monitored Medical Alert Systems

A common medical alert device is a fully monitored medical alert system. These systems are connected to a subscription monitoring service which provides immediate access to emergency-trained professionals 24/7 in the event of emergencies.

These systems serve an elderly user’s entire home, accompanied by wearable buttons or buttons placed around the home to ensure constant access to immediate assistance. Pressing a button signals a call for help from the system’s base, which is connected to a landline phone or a cellular connection. An operator then communicates with a user to determine what type of response is needed for their emergency.

Some alert systems include automatic fall detection, which contacts emergency operators automatically when a fall is detected and a person may not be able to press the button for help. It’s a good idea to compare available systems and check medical alert review sites for their opinions.

3. Medical USB Device

Technically, a medical USB device is just a USB-based memory stick that is much the same as its non-medical counterparts. However, it can be beneficial for the elderly in spite of its simple nature.

Medical USB devices can be used to store important information about its user’s health status, which can inform medical professionals and help them prevent a wide range of potential complications. These devices can also be used to store other relevant information such as contacts, lab results, and legal documents.

Such resources can play a critical role in ensuring the best care for their users as well as making sure that their wishes are always known throughout the healthcare process. Additionally, this device is valuable for elderly individuals who have Alzheimer’s or other conditions that might impair their ability to recall key medical details that could impact their care.

4. Medication Management Device

Data shows that individuals over the age of 65 take an average of five medications on a daily basis. Considering that each of these medications will come with its own schedule as well as other considerations, taking the right medications at the right times can be complicated.

Technology has facilitated medication management in the form of physical devices. Such devices range from electronic medication caps, to storage containers with built-in alarms, and even full-fledged medication dispensing devices. Any of these devices are useful for the elderly by reminding them when the time comes to take their medications. This is key for avoiding missed doses, extra doses, or unintended combination of medications. Moreover, the right device can be helpful for their users’ caregivers by informing them of medication patterns.

Medications can’t provide their intended effect unless users are following the appropriate dosing and frequency instructions. Thus, a medication management device can greatly contribute to an elderly individual’s quality of life afforded by critical medications.

Further Considerations

Elderly living can be a challenging task, whether providing care to an elderly loved one or helping them retain their independence. Fortunately, technological advances have provided the tools to reduce the challenge of either task. There is a wide range of devices available to promote the independent living of the elderly, or make caregiving an easier experience, both of which promotes the wellbeing of the elderly. It’s worth taking the time to compare the available devices and select one that would benefit your unique situation and loved one.

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If you suffer from your weight, you must realize that it is possible to have a flat stomach, even if it is challenging for most people. This is the reason why many people do not succeed in their efforts to lose weight. One thing you need to keep in mind is that diet, and regular exercise is an essential part of the process.

The journey for losing belly fat is part of a long-term plan (general improvement of health) requires a lot of perseverance. In short, you need to make significant efforts to make any changes visible in your abdominal area. These essential tips can work like magic to help you get the body and abdominals you want. Keep reading and make sure to implement the following tips consistently.

1. Get the right amount of sleep

Studies reveal that lack of sleep is a significant factor leading to bouts of bulimia and cravings. Those who usually stay up late at night suffer more in this regard. When not corrected for a long time, it harms your weight loss goals. For you to rectify the situation, it is advisable to get enough sleep each night without exception. You can better regulate your hormones this way, which will help you eliminate fat.

2. Regular exercise

Physical exercise is a great way to benefit the whole body. You will enjoy better overall health and vitality when you exercise regularly. If you are serious about your goals, seek the help of a professional trainer to try and enjoy the time at the gym. Even if you cannot afford a coach, performing simple cardiovascular exercises will help you get rid of fat effectively and fast. You can also choose simple strength exercises such as sit-ups and push-ups, as they are better suited for targeting abdominal fat. Walking is also a great way to help increase your heart rate, which will eventually lead to a faster process of fat loss.

3. Adopt a healthier diet

When you are trying to lose abdominal fat as soon as possible, it is imperative to ensure a healthier diet. In this way, eliminate all the fatty and sugary foods you have in your refrigerator and cupboards. Instead of eating trash during the day, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables. Look for high-fiber food products when you shop because this nutrient will help you stay full and avoid the ravages of hunger. This ultimately results in a more significant reduction in calories. Other great foods that you can also eat are oats, whole grains, and essential oils. Make sure you always have a balanced diet every day.

4. Use weight loss supplements

Some weight loss supplements have been on the market recently and have received many positive reviews. This is because they have helped thousands of people lose stomach fat fast. Countless others have benefited from better health and vitality in general. The main point to remember is that the hard work on your part is crucial to any success achieved when taking supplements to burn fat. However, with the help of supplements, you can suppress your appetite, improve your body’s metabolic rate and increase your energy level for the fastest weight loss possible.

Belly fat can be eliminated thanks to these simple steps very quickly. However, consistency in the implementation of these processes is essential as the overall improvement of health must be the end goal. And finally, remember that you must write a weight loss plan to guide you every day. The people who plan the process are much more significant to achieve their goals than others.

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In this time of constant connectivity and convenience, it can be really hard to maintain good health and wellness. The allure of fast food and the convenience of driving or ordering everything you need for your home often means that people are not making great choices for their overall health. It’s so easy to access everything you need and so tempting to overindulge that obesity, type 2 diabetes and a whole host of other ‘lifestyle’ diseases are constantly rising in many countries.

There are, however, some quick and easy tips to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle.

1. Drink More Water

This is probably the easiest step towards a healthier lifestyle, but many still find the process of incorporating 8 cups of water into their diet easy to forget. Replacing caffeinated and sugary drinks with the simple goodness of water will be better for your hydration, which in turn will help your skin, digestion and energy levels. Sugary drinks are one of the key factors in the rise of obesity and giving them up could be the best decision you ever make.

2. Eat More Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

Fresh fruit and vegetables are the best fuel for an active healthy lifestyle. Vegetables are one of those foods that are low in calories and you can eat a lot of them without causing the problems that overeating processed food does. Fruit is higher in natural sugars, but it contains the necessary vitamins that will keep your body healthy and help fight infection.

3. Look After Your Mental Health

Looking after your mental health is so important and it’s also one of the aspects of health that is most neglected. From combating the depression that may make it a struggle to get up in the morning, to limiting stress in the workplace, to seeking help for serious psychiatric issues, your mental health is intrinsic to your overall well being.

4. Get Moving

It’s hard to overstate the importance of exercise and movement to your overall body health. 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you to maintain and improve your health. However, more exercise can give you more health benefits and boost your energy levels. If you aren’t used to exercising, start off gently so that you don’t injure yourself.

5. Replace Your Bad Habits

We talked earlier about the allure of convenience foods and sugary drinks, and one way to combat these bad habits is to replace them with healthy ones. Before a workout, you might want to give yourself an energy boost, but a coffee or junk food is likely to cause more trouble than help you. Try choosing a supplement instead that can help with a sustained energy boost. You can see more about healthy work out, boosts through reputable supplement companies.

Whether you are a busy type A personality, a time poor parent or a struggling, student you can find ways to incorporate healthy habits into your day. Changing the way you approach your health and wellbeing can be a reinvigorating and revitalizing experience that will make you feel good and look even better. It’s never too late to start and these steps are so easy that you can start today!

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Are you tired of exercises that hurt your body? If you’re looking to an alternative for jarring exercises that damage your joints, you should consider low impact exercise. You don’t need to sacrifice your health for a great workout. Find out everything you should know about losing weight with low impact exercise.

The Benefits of Low Impact Exercise

There are hundreds of different exercise programs and workouts readily available. However, some of those exercises aren’t healthy for you. They put your body and your health at risk.

Activities like running can improve your cardio and help you lose weight. Unfortunately, such activities are brutal on your joints. If you run regularly, you could destroy the cartilage in your knees.

Tough exercise regimens put you at a greater risk for surgeries, like hip replacements. After years of brutal workouts, your body wears down and needs medical attention.

When you use low impact exercise in your workout routine, you limit the damage. Your joints remain healthy and intact. As you age, you are less likely to require surgery. Additionally, you are less likely to injure yourself during a workout.

Low Impact Exercises that Help You Lose Weight

When people think of low impact exercises, they often think of workouts that are ineffective. However, this is far from the truth. Low impact exercises can be just as effective as high impact ones.

When it comes to weight loss, burning calories is what matters. There are many great low impact exercises that burn high amounts of calories. Here are a few:

  1. Swimming

Swimming is a highly effective workout. More importantly, it’s also easy on your body. There is no gravity weighing you down and putting pressure on your joints. Instead, the water holds you up.

Swimming can burn hundreds of calories in a short time. If you have proper technique, you can maximize your calorie burn. Before you get started, you might consider taking lessons or watching a tutorial. You can get down the technique and start losing weight.

  1. Yoga

People often think of yoga as a great way to relax. Although it is the perfect activity for relieving stress, it’s also great for weight loss.

There are many different types of yoga. The type of yoga class you take can dictate the amount of calories you burn. For example, hot yoga is fast-paced and occurs in a hot environment. You sweat and get your heart rate up. As a result, you lose weight quickly.

In general, yoga is very easy on your joints. The flexibility that comes with yoga decreases your chances of injury. Overall, yoga is an effective way to improve your health while you lose weight.

  1. Cycling

There are many different ways to cycle. However, all of them provide a low impact exercise that helps you lose weight. The workout works your legs and your core, maximizing your calorie consumption.

If you want a competitive workout, you can try a cycling class in a local gym. But if you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can go for a bike ride around your neighborhood. Either way, you’ll burn calories.

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Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in males and also increases levels of growth hormones in the body. It helps in the production of red blood cells and muscle growth. As we age, testosterone levels typically decrease. This can lead to higher levels of body fat.

When we grow older, we want to still maintain a youthful, healthy appearance. For many people, this means eating healthy, nutritious foods and having a vigorous exercise regimen. But what can else can we do to avoid the effects of aging on our bodies?

Older adults have been looking for ways to have a natural increase of testosterone. There are several supplements available on the market, but there also some great ways to improve your testosterone levels without having to change your daily routine too much.

 

Here are a few examples:

1. Get more sleep.

Getting enough quality rest is just as important as a good diet and exercise. About six to ten hours of sleep per night is recommended for adults. Some studies have shown that for every additional hour of sleep, testosterone levels can raise naturally in the body up to fifteen percent. If your busy schedule makes getting enough sleep difficult, start with an extra half-hour or an  hour of sleep per night until you can get the recommended amount needed to get through your days.

2. Reduce stress.

The more stressed we are, the more our bodies produce of a hormone called cortisol. Having abnormally high cortisol levels can also reduce our testosterone levels. This can also affect weight gain and how body fat is stored. The best way to get your cortisol down to more manageable and acceptable levels is to avoid any situations that cause increased anxiety or stress in your life. This may not always be easy, but avoiding or greatly reducing stress is beneficial for your testosterone levels and your overall mental, physical and emotional health.

3. Eat healthy.

Adding foods to your diet that are high in protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats can help increase your body’s testosterone levels. Protein is also effective for weight loss. As with any diet, monitor your calorie intake and avoid over-eating or skipping meals. Planning sensible, healthy meals is a simple way to help you feel alert and active every day.

4. Exercise.

Exercising regularly every week helps build muscle, reduce fat and also helps to raise your testosterone levels. Jogging, running, lifting weights and swimming are just some of the healthy exercises that you can do. Weight training, resistance training and high-intensity interval training are just some of the ways to boost testosterone quickly. Whatever you do, just make sure that your training program is uniform. Having longer workout sessions or longer rest periods can actually reduce testosterone levels.

5. Get some Vitamin D.

Going for a brisk run or walk in the sun is a great way of adding much-needed Vitamin D. This vitamin is another way to naturally increase your testosterone levels. There are also Vitamin D supplements that can be taken to help give an extra boost.

6. Lose weight.

Scientific studies have shown that people who are overweight for their height and age generally produce less testosterone than people in the same age and height brackets who are not. Starting a vigorous exercise regimen will help you to lose those stubborn pounds, gain extra testosterone and look and feel better, too.

7. Stand up straight.

Standing straight is not only good for your bones and posture, but it can also help decrease cortisol levels and increase testosterone levels in your body. Don’t slouch, no matter how tired or sluggish you may feel. Standing tall also gives you more confidence and a positive self-image.

8. Minimize soy product intake.

This one can be tricky, because there are a lot of products made of either soy or soy derivatives. Soy has been found to both reduce testosterone levels and raise cortisol levels after repeated use. Testosterone and cortisol levels operate on a kind of sliding scale: when one of them increases, the other usually decreases, and vice versa. Consuming a little bit of soy here or there is fine, but don’t overdo it.

9. Add zinc to your diet.

Zinc is a mineral that helps build testosterone levels. It is found in protein-rich foods like beans, cheese, raw milk, meat and fish. People who have added foods containing zinc to their diets have seen their testosterone levels increase significantly in just a matter of weeks. There are also zinc supplements that are available at pharmacies and drugstores, but pay attention to the recommended dosage amounts. Having too much zinc can prevent your body from other necessary minerals and can cause nausea or an upset stomach.

10. Reduce your sugar intake.

According to recent surveys, most people consume an average of about two tons of sugar over the course of our lifetimes. A little sugar every now and then is okay: it enhances the flavor of some of our favorite foods, and its causes and increase in dopamine in our brain. However, too much sugar can raise glucose to unhealthy levels, and damage our teeth over time. It can also cause a spike in our internal insulin levels, which leads to less testosterone being produced. Carefully monitor your sugar consumption by reading ingredient labels while buying food and planning a healthy, low-sodium diet.

11. Review your medications.

If you are currently on any doctor-prescribed medications, read the labels carefully. Play close attention to the side effects too, as some medications have been known to also reduce testosterone levels. This is commonly found in certain medicines that are used to lower cholesterol. Talk to your physician about any questions or concerns that you may have regarding these prescriptions.

These are just a few of the many effective ways to increase your testosterone naturally. Talk to your doctor or health care professional before starting any diet or exercise routine. Let them know of any pre-existing conditions, illnesses or concerns you may have. With the right amount of practice, you can build your testosterone levels to start feeling more active and younger again.

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Don’t look now but the divorce rate, which had been climbing for decades, is starting to decline. While marriage experts don’t have a read on why “till death do we part” has once again become words to live by, the data is undeniable – especially in the U.S. With that in mind, there are five reasons why divorce rates are falling.

  • Children of Divorce are More Likely to Remain Committed

As the divorce rate climbed from the 1960’s to the early part of this century, many thought the data pointed to an irreversible trend as the children of divorce where also getting divorced. However, that has started to change and while we’ll need a few more years to determine if this is a temporary shift or something long-term Millennials from divorced families are less likely to get divorced themselves.

There are a few reasons including a falling marriage rate to Millennials getting married later in life. Combined, these factors could lead to a fall in the divorce rate, but as mentioned demographers won’t really know until the next generation (Gen Z or Digital Natives), which is beginning to enter the workforce, reach their late-20’s en masse.

  • Marriage has Changed

The concept of marriage has been evolving since the industrial revolution. For a long time, marriages were arranged and then there was the question of dowries and other payments tied to getting hitched. However, this has changed over time, especially as more people married for love.

In addition, the roles of both parties have evolved over time. This is due to several factors including the rise in the number of dual-income households and changing gender roles inside of marriage.

Further note that the change in marriage doesn’t mean divorces have gone the way of the Dodo. In fact, many couples still end up calling off their marriages and if you are in Arkansas or the surrounding states and are considering a divorce yourself, here is some more information on the process – https://www.markreeslaw.com/ar/divorce-lawyer-jonesboro/.

  • People are Waiting to Get Married

The impact of this change in marriage cannot be underestimated as it points to the fact that most people entering marriage are not only more mature but also more financially secure. The latter helps to eliminate one of the biggest causes of divorce – money.

However, this development could also be a statistical red herring as people getting married later in life could also lead to people getting divorced later in life; online time will tell.

  • More Women are Graduating University

This development also points to a fundamental shift in the labor market as the number of women in many professions has increased dramatically over the past 20-years. What does this mean for marriage? First, even though a gender gap remains, it means that more women are financially independent and second, households with two professionals are less likely to face issues around money as compared to those without.

While this doesn’t mean that every married couple where the husband and wife have college degrees are guaranteed success, it does point to a higher probability that both partners can earn consistently over the course of their careers.

  • Fewer People are Getting Married

To get divorced you first need to be married, and the decline in marriage rates is another reason why divorce rates are falling. However, this doesn’t mean that people are not forming families. In fact, cohabitation is on the rise and while this is akin to marriage it is not counted the same way by demographers.

This does not mean that cohabitation is not without its problems. For example, couples who have lived together for a long time might face issues when it comes to dividing assets if they decide to split. In addition, it is harder for unmarried couples to share benefits such as health insurance or death benefits and this could lead to a spike in marriages for financial purposes down the road.

However, the decline in marriage rates has been building for a long time and 2012 marked the first time that unmarried adults outnumbered married adults. Granted, this came on the heels of the financial crisis, but it also points to a broader change in marriage and, by extension, divorce.

While it remains an open question as to whether divorce rates will continue fall, the fact remains that divorce has become less common in recent years and the factors listed above are widely believed to be some of the reasons for this phenomenon.